The disaffiliation crisis of 1932
The Labour Party, the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and the opinion of ILP members
in Labour and working-class lives
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This chapter argues that the Labour Party and the Independent Labour Party (ILP) disaffiliation debate was a continuing theme throughout the inter-war years and not just confined to the years 1929-32. Historians have generally agreed that the ILP's disaffiliation in 1932 was a product of the tensions that had been developing since the end of the First World War. The 1918 Labour Party constitution committing Labour to socialism, 'Socialism in Our Time' and The Living Wage, as well as personal conflict, conspired to ensure that the ILP pushed forward to disaffiliation in its attempt to speed up the move to socialism. The ILP's 1932 Easter conference discussed disaffiliation but delayed making a decision. The breaking of the ILP's link with Labour led to the further collapse of ILP membership and the complete reshaping of Scottish Labour politics, in which the ILP had been the powerful player.

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